ISABEL AND THE UNCOMMONS

Isabel and the Uncommons performs as a full band, duo or  trio featuring some of Toronto’s finest musicans (Isabel Fryszberg along with John Switzer, Rebecca Campbell,  Paul Brennan, Tony Quarrington, Wendell Ferguson, Steve Briggs, Noah Zacharin) at many of Toronto’s live music venues (Relish, Tranzac, The Local, The Cameron etc)

She is currently working on an EP of new songs working under the title, "Is this What We’re Living For?” with producer Mitch Girio, guitarist Steve Briggs and members of Isabel and the Uncommons. These are song about the times and challenges we are living in.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

 

Tranzac Club Wednesday, October 31, 2018 :30-9:30 PM Isabel and the Uncommons Full Band ( John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)  

Painted Lady Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:00-10:00 PM Episode 4 Season 2 Isabel and the Uncommons, (Steve Briggs Duo)

Toronto Terminal 1 YYZ Friday, Dec 7, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM Isabel and the Uncommons Band ( Isabel Fryszberg, Steve Briggs, John Switzer, and Paul Brennan)

 
 

ALBUM: HEARTS AND ARROWS

In 2014 Isabel released her own solo debut  album of original songs, country and roots inspired called, Hearts and Arrows supported by an ace band, IsabelThe Uncommons produced by Don Kerr.  Isabel won the singer songwriter award for her live performance of her song, “ Something Sacred,” at the New Market Arts Council (Nov. 2015). Another track, "New Moon" was chosen to be part of a city initiative, Toronto 311, which brings local artists’ music to the 311 system. Recently New Moon has been acquired by Crucial Music, a film and television publishing library. She has received radio play by CBC, Folk Routes Radio and other national and international community and internet radio stations.

LISTEN TO FOLK ROOTS RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAN HALL

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If you came for the voice and the heartbreak, Isabel delivers the goods with an uncommon authenticity.
— Lenny Stoute, Cashbox Magazine Canada

CREATING MUSIC FOR HEALING

In 2015 she collaborated with the members Creative Works Studio to create the album Coming Out of Darknes , also produced by Don Kerr.  Isabel founded Creative Works Studio in Toronto to help people with mental health and addiction issues find creative self expression through music and visual arts. Fryszberg composed the music and facilitated group lyric writing to express and give voice to the members in this community who have never sung or written music before. In 2016 the Album, “Coming Out of Darkness,” by the Social Mystic (the name of this band) was released.  

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 The songs are just great examples of thinking positively, in an environment of trust, empathizing with others and taking a deeply personal and collective musical journey
— John Apice, No Depression
The way I sound on the CD gives me satisfaction
and joy because, although it wasn’t easy to produce this recording, the final product was worth the effort!
— Social Mystic participant John R.

ABOUT THE MUSICIAN

Isabel was the founding member together with Lenka Lichtenberg, and one of the  lead singers of award winning klezmer-swing sextet, Sisters of Sheynville, (2004-2011). Her parents were both Polish-Jewish immigrants and Yiddish was Fryszberg's first languge. The band was a way to keep Yiddish alive after her mother died. The band toured and played festivals in Poland, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver, to Montreal  and acquired the Canadian Folk Music Award (2008) for Vocal Group of The Year for their album, Sheynville Express.

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Masterful musicianship, tricky solos and fancy vocal work are all the signs of a good klezmer disc, and The Sisters of Sheynville deliver on all accounts.
— NOW Magazine (Rating: NNNN)